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Week 1/July
Best of luck, Terry

Well known to us all, paddling guru, adventurer, instructor, author (what have I left out?) and now businessman, Terry Bolland, is undertaking yet another new venture - a canoe store. It opens Monday, 8th July, at 144 Railway Parade, Bassendean. Next to the Railway Museum. Phone 0417 977 330 or 9279 6143.
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Call for Volunteers - Be Active Avon Junior Challenge
This flatwater race from the Reg Bond Reserve (just downstream of Middle Swan Bridge) to the Garrett Road Bridge Avon Descent finish line is aimed at secondary school age paddlers. It will be held on the morning of Day 2 of the Descent, Sunday, 4th August. Volunteers are required for duties such as timekeeping, manning checkpoints and boat driving. If you can spare the morning and would like to be involved please contact Garth Civil from the canoeing association, 9285 8501 or 0412 602 013.
or 9279 6143. Best of luck, Terry.
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New Extracts' Chute
To see some pics of the construction go to:<http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesc.index.html> http://members.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/avdesc.index.html and click on Photo Gallery. Thanks to Samantha and Toby Curtis for sending these in.
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Wanted: Avon paddlers
Avon Descent teams are looking for experienced (not necessarily fast) paddlers. Closing date for Avon entries is this coming Friday, 5th July, so reply quickly to this email if interested.
Also, a training partner is needed by paddler just 'wanting to finish' - would like company for river trips. <mailto:garyanja@yahoo.com>garyanja@yahoo.com
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Event Reminders:
1 - Slalom Race 3

Sunday 7th July at Walyunga National Park. 9.00am Pre-race coaching, 10.15am Registrations and briefing, 10.45am Race.
Race fees: $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 18).
Help, please!! Lots of helpers are needed to run this race so please bring anyone who can lend a hand. Contact Margaret 9293 1909 or <mailto:artgraph@mail.iinet.net.au>artgraph@mail.iinet.net.au if you can help.  Mainpeak is now a sponsor of the 2002 WA Slalom Races.
2 - Marathon Series, Race #8
Upper Swan Bridge to Ascot Kayak Club, July 7th 2002 - 25km. Registration : Division 4 -- from 7:30 am; Divisions 3, 2, 1 -- from 8:05 am. Briefing, at Upper Swan Bridge: 7:45am - Division 4 ; 8.30am - Divisions 3, 2, 1. Enquiries: Cathy Fry  9277 7489 (Please ring before 8.00 pm.)
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Rumour
has it that the HOT class for this year's Descent will be the K2s. Now who have been seen training together ? (and not in any particular order): Piers Goodman & Todd Coulter, Dave Worthy & Paul Genovesi, Grant Pepper & Rob Roll, Phil Johnson & Garth Civil, Graham Lawson & Simon Roll. Will make for some exciting viewing.
Week 2/July
Nutrition Tips for the Avon Descent

Fellow paddler, Darryl Griffiths, has written some useful info' and reminders about carbo loading and re-loading - check them out at his website: 
<http://www.energy2go.com>www.energy2go.com
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Old Favourite Makes a Come-back!
Downriver Race at Walyunga, Sunday 14th July, Meet at Upper Car Park Walyunga, 9am Rego , Briefing 9.30
Rapid Racing from top to bottom car park twice. Grade 2 rapids, experienced sweep crew available. Race suitable for paddlers with basic white water skills Skis, sit ons and novice Avon paddlers especially welcome. Make a day of it, race with us in the morning then paddle on down to Bells or Upper Swan
Further Details Penny Bates 9299 5612 Paul Burke 9379 0400
Sponsor: Terry Bolland of Canoeing Down Under. 
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Rivergods
has a new website (same URL -<http://www.www.rivergods.com.au> www.rivergods.com.au ). Contact Tom at Rivergods 
<mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au to try the amazing Tekno kayak from Riot.
Both the Tekno and the Booster will be on display at the coming Big Boys' Toys Expo.
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Murray Madness
Wildside Adventures have commenced their rafting trips on the Murray River for the season.
Check out their website: <http://www.wildside.net.au>www.wildside.net.au or email: webmaster@wildside.net.au
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Crown Plaza Perth Cup
This is part of the Avon Descent - each Aussie state has entered a team of two of its top paddlers. The twelve competitors all paddle the same craft type (this year, Finn Kayaks racing ski - the Endorfin). The team with the fastest combined time wins. The inaugural race, held last year, was won by the local team: Simon Roll and Will Bird. This year's WA team is Matt Dalziel and Matt Coutts.
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Help!  Urgent
Volunteers are needed as support crew for the interstate paddlers visiting to compete in the above event - the Crown Plaza Perth Cup. Up to ten volunteers will be needed to look after them during the race. Contact Deanne Jones 9356 1414 if you are willing to help out.
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From Ascot Kayak Club - The Nanga Challenge 2002
"It is with regret that Ascot Kayak Club (AKC) the organisers of The Nanga Challenge inform athletes that this race will not proceed for year 2002.
Due to the uncertain climate with regard to public liability insurance and personal liability, AKC were left with no option but to cancel this race pending government legislation on these issues."
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From Ian Williamson, Commodore, Power Dinghy Racing Club
"The new chute at Extracts' Weir ( known as the Vinnidex/GFR Chute) was organised and  constructed by volunteers from the Power Dinghy Racing Club at the request of Northam Avon Descent Association. Vinnidex sponsored and supplied the poly tubing and GFR Industries supplied factory time and expertise to assist the PDRC with construction."
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Walyunga Water Level <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/waterlev99waly.html>click here 
Thank you to all those who have been sending in this info'. Other paddlers do appreciate knowing the level at our trusty wooden gauge. New paddlers - the gauge (a wooden post) is located at the main launching/ landing place at the lower car park at Walyunga - you can't miss it. Be sure when you read it that you count down from the grooved line that goes right across the wooden post at each half metre. The shorter lines are the increments of 0.1m.
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Upper Swan Marathon Results: 
http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/mara/Marathon%202001/Marathon%208%202001.htm
 Week 3/July
Disastrous Dancer - From Roger Smith

"Today, Sunday 14th July we did all paddlers a big favour at Bell's Rapid by clearly marking the best passage through the V-drop (a.k.a."Devils Slide"). We have identified  the large rock in the centre by jamming a red dancer onto it. The drop is now much safer as you can keep the kayak on your left and the large boulder on your right giving a clear passage through the centre.
  
Seriously - I was unable to retrieve the boat which I had lent to a friend who luckily was unhurt after tipping out at the top of Bell's. If anyone finds this kayak as it washes off of the rock when the water drops (or rises!) I would appreciate it if he/she could contact me on 9275 8620 hm or 9321 5259 wk. It is an old boat but I would appreciate its return before some river pirate plays finders keepers with my property!"
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Paddle Lost
at Posselt's Ford, Saturday 13th July, Stealth carbon epoxy, medium, no other markings except one piece of tape on left hand end of shaft. Please contact Garth 9438 3805, email <mailto:garthmarie@optusnet.com.au>garthmarie@optusnet.com.au
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New Thule Kayak Carrier
Thule have developed a new Kayak carrier called the 'Hull-a-Port' which allows paddlers to mount kayaks on their side. It can fit virtually any bar and it is easier to mount multiple kayaks side by side (especially on narrow Rola and Rhino Sportz racks). Go to <http://www.thule.com.au>www.thule.com.au for your nearest dealer. Click here for picture...http://akamai.thuleracks.com/thule/images/largepics/835.jpg  
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Slalom Coaching- Introductory & Intermediate
Saturdays 1.00 to 2.30pm
Cost: $10/session
Meet: Bottom of Walyunga slalom course
Registration/Enquiries: Brian Morgan, 93823548 (so we know how many coaches we need).
(If you prefer Sundays, we may be able to help you - ring Brian as above)
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Slalom Training
Saturdays: 3.00 to 4.30 pm
Meet: bottom of Walyunga slalom course.
Cost - nil
For intermediate and above slalom paddler (must be able to self-rescue/roll)
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Pacific Western Collie River Valley Marathon Relay
Sunday, September 29

Get your team together now for this five or six stage event held in the Collie area - the horse leg is optional.
Road cycle- 27km, Canoe- 10km, Horse ride- 15km, Swim- 1km, Mountain bike- 20km, Run- 11km.
For an entry form or more detail go to <http://www.geo.net.au/~mart>www.geo.net.au/~mart or phone Marty at 9734 2316 or email <mailto:mart@geo.net.au>mart@geo.net.au

 Week 3/July - part 2
Happy Ending

Roger Smith's Dancer was retrieved from the V-drop at Bell's and returned to its grateful owner thanks to Scott Hamilton & friend who SWAM! out to do their good deed for the day.
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Lost Spraydeck
for Finn kayak, lost/left behind at Memorial Ave (Amiens) on Saturday, 6th July. If found please call Rob on 9237 5237 or 9276 1363.
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Lost Seat - Chris Jones
"Apart from having to salvage my KI from that well placed rock three quarters of the way down Syd's during the weekend, I had the added frustration of losing my custom built, moulded seat to the foam on the other side of the river. If I remember it has my name on it in black ink. If any of you find a seat (white) with some supporting high density foam on it, I'd be most grateful if you'd let me know: 9307 1417 or 0409 079 273."
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Repairs
to wetsuits and spray decks (anything neoprene) can be made at KJ Watersports in Willeton. If you're an odd size (or your boat is) they can make to measure. Hours are 9am-5pm weekdays and 9am-1pm Saturdays. Phone 9457 4122
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Avon Descent Teams
Paddler available to participate in teams if you have a last minute emergency. Reply to this email and I will forward contact details.
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For Old Avon Descenters on Automatic Pilot . . .
Don't forget to go to the Midland Workshops (Shed 2) for scrutineering this Sunday, 21st, and NOT HINDS RESERVE!  Those with old street directories should go to Montreal Road East, those with new ones should go to Yelverton Drive. (The street has had a name change). There is a compulsory briefing for all competitors at 10:30 am.
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Slalom Race 4
Sunday 21st July at Walyunga National Park, 12.30pm Pre-race coaching; 2.00pm Registrations and briefing; 2.30pm Race.
Race fees: $10 adults, $5 juniors (under 18).
Please let Margaret know if you can help! Email : <mailto:artgraph@iinet.net.au>artgraph@iinet.net.au or ring 9293 1909.
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Slalom Canoe/Kayak World Cup No 2 - from Robert McGuinness, Team Manager
Augsburg, Germany 19-21 July 2002

Final preparations have been completed for the AIS National Slalom team which will compete in the second World Cup race this weekend.
The usually difficult Augsburg course is somewhat less challenging for the team coming off a two week camp on the huge white water at Bourg St Maurice in France, site of the World Championships in August.

For the last week the team has focused on adapting to the smaller but confused water at Augsburg. Head Coach Richard Fox is pleased with the lead up and believes the AIS camp at Augsburg in June has benefited the majority of the team. "Everyone is keen to get on to the start line and get the European race season under way" he said.

Racing this weekend are: Mia Farrance (VIS/AIS), Susie Wharton (VIS/AIS),
Victoria Milne (VIS/AIS), Louise Natoli (NSWIS/AIS), Kynan Maley (WAIS/AIS),
Hew Roberts (WAIS/AIS), Robin Bell (WAIS/AIS),
Justin Boocock (TIS/AIS),
Anton King (VIS/AIS), Warwick Draper (VIS/AIS), John Wilkie (NSWIS/AIS),
Lachie Milne (NSWIS/AIS), Kai Swoboda (VIS/AIS) and Andy Farrance (VIS/AIS).

Race progress and results can be found on the website
http://www.kanu.de/slalom-augsburg/index.html

 Week 4/July
Concerns Re Vinidex Chute, Extracts' Weir

Experienced paddlers express doubts as to the safety of paddling the chute in the Descent.
I will forward their emails to you separately. They have also been placed on my website. Go to the local paddlers' news page for the link or
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/vinidchute.html>click here
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From Avon Descent Committee - Last Chance!
for your swim test is at Hind's Reserve (the finish line) this coming Sunday, 28th, at 10AM.  No swim no start.
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Wanted to buy
Avon III double kayak wanted urgently - reply to this email and I will forward contact details.
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Canoeing Down Under - Terry Bolland
"New shop trading hours are: 9.00am to 5.30pm Mon to Fri; 9.00am to 4.00pm Sat. Will stay open later on request.
If you're wanting to watch videos of the Avon Descent, playboating or forward paddling techniques just come to the shop."
144 Railway Parade, Bassendean - next to Railway Museum, 9378 1333
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Lost Spraydeck (last week's news) Found . . .
by another paddler and returned to its happy owner.
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Number Slots
If you need one of these Terry Bolland has them at $10.00 - fitted free. Call Terry 9378 1333.
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From Samantha Hutchins - Canoe Slalom World Cup Results
Justin Boocock (TIS/AIS) performed superbly to finish 7th in the final ofthe World Cup Canoe/kayak Slalom in Augsburg Germany on Sunday.
Justin went out hard and managed to hold a near perfect first run in the semi-final to move through to the final with the fastest time.
Close behind Justin was Juraj Mincik from Slovakia and Jordi Sangra Gibert from Spain. Just 0.38 of a second separated the three.
In the final however, Justin hit gates two and three and incurred four
penalty points whilst the other leaders also picked up penalties.
Nico Bettge and Stefan Phannmoller from Germany finished in first and second with Michal Martikan in third.
The team now heads to Slovenia for the next round of the World Cup, next weekend.

Final Results for the Australians were:
Mens C2
Kai Swoboda/Andy Farrance (VIS/AIS) 24th

Mens K1
Warwick Draper (VIS/AIS) 60th
John Wilkie (NSWIS/AIS) 64th
Anton King (VIS/AIS) 70th
Lachie Milne (NSWIS/AIS) 71st

Ladies K1
Mia Farrance (VIS/AIS) 25th
Louise Natoli (NSWIS/AIS) 26th
Victoria Milne (VIS/AIS) 36th
Susie Wharton (VIS/NSWIS) 51st

Mens C1
Justin Boocock (TIS/AIS) 7th
Robin Bell (WAIS/AIS) 16th
Kynan Maley (WAIS/AIS) 31st
Hew Roberts (WAIS/AIS) 43rd

Full results can be downloaded from
http://www.kanu.de/slalom-augsburg/ergebnisse.html
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Paddlers' Perspective
Read Dan the Weatherman from Ascot Kayak Club's humorous attempts at forecasting the weather and its effects on the Avon River water level - Go to:
http://members.iinet.net.au/~ascotkay/TheWeather/Avon%202002%20-%202%20Weeks%20To%20Go.htm
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From Dan
This is a link to a RAIN DANCE. It could be useful

http://alexm.here.ru/mirrors/www.enteract.com/jwalz/Eliade/102.html

 Week 5/July
Estimating the Water Level at Walyunga - From Peter Ewing

I have a new system which works quite well for the levels we have seen so far this winter:

Walyunga Pool Level = WRC-at-Great_Nth_Hwy * 0.446 - 4.808

e.g. If GNH is 12.0m, Walyunga will be: 12.0*0.446 - 4.808 = 0.54m

(More on this on my website next week - RK)
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Stolen Gear
Kayaks and associated equipment stolen from homes on the Mandurah Canals. Would appreciate it fellow paddlers could be on lookout for yellow plastic "415". My neighbour had stolen a blue plastic sea kayak and also avon decent scrutinised paddle, helmet and buoyancy vest with dual drink bottles.
Any info appreciated, all has been reported to police. <mailto:chilton@indigo.net.au>chilton@indigo.net.au Martin
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Lost
Paddle - on Toodyay Road, Sunday 28th July. Black carbon wing/scoop paddle with a Hammer paddles sticker on the blades. If found please contact Courteney Wild on 0407 423 120 or email  <mailto:courteney.wild@leicon.com.au>courteney.wild@leicon.com.au
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A very SHOCKING experience!
. . . the electric fence in the paddock beside Extracts' Weir! Take care. Also watch speed limits as speed cameras are often strategically placed on roads leading to Northam and Toodyay during this weekend.
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Water Level
at Long Pool (ti-trees) was 0.3m on Wednesday. Good luck to all Descenters.
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Dwellingup Adventures
New email address is:  <mailto:dwgupadv@westnet.com.au>dwgupadv@westnet.com.au
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From disgruntled : dangerous manouvers on swan river
"i wish to complani about the behavoir of your husband (anonymous) at last sundays training seession the manic hit me with his paddle from no aggrevation from yours truly causing severe heamoraging and con cussion if ihad been an aussie iwould have been air lifted to s.c.g.hosp as im a kiwi i managed to carry on and beat the rest to finish line the only good thing to come of it as my hearing has now been affected icant here trish ask me to do jobs around house and i dont have to listen to all those shepp jokes.
regards, another entrant for the avon descent"
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After the Avon - from Tom at Rivergods
"Somewhere else to paddle -how about the beautiful but scary lower Murray? Rivergods can help with river access for kayakers or you can go by raft. Sea kayaking at Shark Bay -on the last trip we watched sharks playing an "apple bobbing" game with an enormous deceased turtle, saw dolphins beaching themselves chasing fish, and ate a few fish ourselves -all in perfect weather. Contact Tom:  <mailto:rivergods@iinet.net.au>rivergods@iinet.net.au or 9259 0749."
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After the Avon - White Water Paddling on the Blackwood River at Bridgetown
For a great weekend away try this - for all craft/ages/novices.
Saturday, 17th (Teams racing) and Sunday, 18th August (Geegelup Cup/State Downriver Championships) Six kilometres of Grade 2-3 rapids and pools. You will need to book accomodation 9761 1740. Organised by the SW Canoe Club, Bunbury. Contact is Robyn Harris, 9720 2123 or <mailto:feral@geo.net.au>feral@geo.net.au. Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under. More details later and on local paddlers' news page.
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World Cup Slalom, Race 3, Tacen, Slovenia : Samantha Hutchins
Following placing third with a clean run in the semi-final of the C1 men's event, Robin Bell (AIS/WAIS) picked up a 2 second penalty in the final race. Robin had a final placing of 8th, 9 seconds behind the winner Michal Martikan from Slovakia. Justin Boocock (AIS/TIS) also paddled well to place 11th. Kynan Maley (AIS/WAIS) achieved a final placing of 25th. Hew Roberts (AIS/WAIS) was disappointing in 43rd place, missing three gates on the famous first drop.

Louise Natoli (AIS/NSWIS) finished the World Cup in 10th position. Louise achieved her first ever two clean runs in a World Cup to qualify in 6th position after the heats. She then dropped back to 8th position following a semi-final run with a 2 second penalty. Her run in the final was disappointing and after missing two gates she was pushed back to 10th position, with 106 seconds of penalties. Mia Farrance (AIS/VIS) also performed well to finish in 13th place. Whilst not at their best, Victoria Milne (AIS/VIS) and Susie Wharton (AIS/VIS) achieved final placings of 26th and 28th, respectively.

The men's kayak results were promising. Warwick Draper (AIS/VIS) produced a personal best of 26th after three clean runs in the heats and semi-final. Anton King (AIS/VIS) produced two clean runs in the heats and an almost clean run in the semi-final, for a final placing of 39th. Lachie Milne (AIS/NSWIS) was the only disappointment recirculating on his first run and missing a gate to finish in 62nd place.

In the C2, Kai Swoboda and Andy Farrance (AIS/VIS) were again consistent finishing in 17th place, 20 seconds off the pace.

Race results can be found on the website
<http://www.canoeicf.com/slalom/results.htm>




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